Saturday's Iowa-UNI game will not be able to be seen by Dish Network subscribers. The television service and the Big Ten Network could not come to a carriage agreement. Therefore, Dish dropped BTN at Midnight Saturday. UI Athletic Director Gary Barta issued this statement on the Hawkeyes official website:
"I was extremely disappointed to learn this morning that an agreement had not been finalized. To be clear, the Big Ten Network is producing live coverage of today's football game at historic Kinnick Stadium and seven other games featuring Big Ten teams, and is making all eight of these games available to millions of fans via hundreds of television providers across the country including, in the state of Iowa, Mediacom, Direct TV, and dozens of other cable television providers. The University of Iowa does not have a seat at the negotiation table. We do completely support BTN's efforts and know that an agreement is possible because BTN has successfully reached agreements with all major television providers in the Big Ten geographic footprint except one: Dish Network. BTN is currently celebrating its five-year anniversary and has firmly established itself as one of the leading sports television networks in the country."
In a statement on its web site, BTN writes: "BTN attempted to complete an agreement with DISH. We thought that we were making progress, unfortunately that was not the case. On Friday, September 14th, DISH dropped BTN. We are disappointed to report that DISH does not see the value in the network in the same way that so many of their customers do, including Big Ten students, alumni, fans and viewers across the country. Unfortunately, DISH isn't interested in a fair deal, and they continued to insist on preferential treatment by demanding better terms than our agreements with their competitors."
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